Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cover Reveal: Don't Let Me Fall by Briana Pacheco

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

TIME FOR A COVER REVEAL, EVERYONE!
I'm so happy and excited to show y'all the cover of Don't Let Me Fall by Briana Pacheco! The cover is simple yet captivating, in my opinion. Be sure to add it to your Goodreads TBR shelf! Also, don't forget to check out the official book trailer of Don't Let Me Fall!
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HERE IS THE *LOVELY* COVER! #OMG


DON'T LET ME FALL
by Briana Pacheco

New Adult - Contemporary, Romance
Publication: December 4th 2014 (Self-Publish)
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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

I don't want to be here.

When you lose the one person that was your whole life, you'll understand. For me, it was my best friend, Alice. We spent every second of every day together. We planned a life. I was actually living. I was happy.

Now, it's just gone. And I'm still here. Lonely. A tatted up body with an empty soul.


Getting inside of my head won't be pretty. I'm warning you now that you won't like me. I hate people besides my family. I hate everything around me. I just want to be alone. And I HATE how Logan Mercer doesn't understand that. He's everywhere; getting inside of my head, kissing me when he shouldn't be, messing everything up, and trying to get me to open up. He's making me crazier than I already am. Why do I need to talk about my life? Why does he even care?

Why doesn't anyone understand that I don't want to get attached to people? I don't want to get fixed.

I want to be alone.

I want to be free.


I want to fly.


My name is Rebeckah Lennox and this is my story...of how I fell.
WARNING: Due to heavy subject matter, strong language, possible triggering descriptions of self-harm and some sexual situations this book is not recommended for anyone under the age of 17.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Street Food and Love by H.A. Enri (Interview)

Monday, October 20, 2014
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Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours 
 Street Food and Love STREET FOOD AND LOVE 
 by H.A. Enri
 
Young Adult - Contemporary, Romance
Published Summer 2014 by Martin Sisters Publishing
Goodreads || Amazon || B&N
SYNOPSIS:
Sole Eaby, seventeen, has a few complaints he’d like to lodge against life, the main one being that his dad, Cedro, has recently quit his job and withdrawn his entire life savings, which included Sole’s college fund. Why? To launch a food truck business he knows nothing about.

To cope, Sole uses his knifelike wit to moonlight as a stand-up comedian, and so far, it’s paying off. He’s not only replenishing his college treasury, he’s making people laugh; but it’s one person in particular he performs for. Her name is Ava. When the fated bond of humor joins the two, and they begin a sort of quasi-romance, things begin to seem somewhat bearable. Of course, that’s when an ill-timed event decides to put another spin on things. Just when Sole is ready to move on with his own life and disconnect himself from his father and the family business, he suddenly finds himself in charge of the food truck he desperately loathes. Here is where Sole must realize that the answers to love and life are not to be found apart but, rather, are more like a savory recipe: only by combining the ingredients will the wonderful flavors reveal themselves. When comedy isn’t enough, the future seems ever bleak, and a fledgling love has barely had a chance to bloom, where will Sole turn?


INTERVIEW:

1. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
 
I've actually known I've wanted to be a writer since I was twelve.
The brief excerpt of that mini epiphany is on my website’s FAQ's. As for YA, I didn’t know I actually wanted to write for young adults until about eight years ago. This book made it through the publication portal, but there are other predecessors on my hard drive, many young adults megabyte format wondering why they never got to graduate from being mere Word docs to full blown, bound, edited and printed books.

2. If you were a dish on a food truck, what would you be called?

I would be a patty of thick, ground, kobe beef, topped with cheese, caramelized onion, tomato, guacamole and a special sauce, all between buttered and toasted, thick sourdough. I’m simple, like a burger, but I am also not just your regular driver through or diner burger either (does this sound like some dating site profile? Ha!). In any case, it would be called the Soul Melt because more than deeply satisfying the palate, it would penetrate the soul of anyone who ate it. P.S. I really am into the world “soul” and all it connotates.

3. Novelists who inspired you?

The list is long. In YA we have Sarah Dessen, Gary Schmidt, Caroline Cooney, Ned Vizzini, I will add that not many people mention Vizzini—God rest his talented soul, and it’s shocking. He’s been considered a pioneer of the modern YA lit genre, and I agree. Hopefully, I see him on the other side and we can collaborate.

4. Talk about YA Lit.
It is summarily different than it used to be even twelve years ago. And pre 2000’s—forget it. That was like reading Homer. Seriously, I mean you have to practice writing effective scenes during commercials (do don’t delete them, you aspiring YA writers, from your DVR. They may prove to be useful yet) in order to match the pace of the current ideal YA. Secondly, don’t forget the lingo the characters used in your favorite sitcom right before the commercial. It should be transposed to your novel. Remember they used to teach, “Don’t write how you speak”? Not so anymore. Those teachers, apparently, were wrong. And no, I haven’t perfectly mastered the art of copy-matching-and-pacing at commercial speed in my writing style. you remember reading with a dictionary handy? Hey, with apps now, it should be easier, except that rarely do YA books require readers to have to use one anymore. Remember when you read something and went WTF? Even after three reads! And it wasn’t because you checked out. Sometimes it was like the writer just wrote and invited you to his house but said, “There’s the fridge and stove. If you’re hungry, do your best.” I’m not saying I don’t appreciate what is happening now and don’t get it, I do and am not against it. But something in my writing approach still doesn’t mind if readers are expected to sort of work through certain language tones and aspects.
5. Love and romance aren’t depicted the way the YA genre seems to be going in your novel.

Why?
Have you been around a high school aged lately? Till death do us part, mad love isn’t en vogue. Most young adults aren’t really sure where love fits into their lives, and to begin to truly to answer that is scary enough for many people, let alone young people.
I wanted Sole to reflect a kid who didn’t just zero in on one girl and know she was the one. That’s usually not how it works anyway, at least not when your age still has “teen” as a suffix. As for Ava, many young girls with allure have older guys after them, and that’s why I wanted to show that in the first chapters. That’s reality for many young adult girls of her capacity. Sometimes, too, they chose those guys. I don’t think this makes my book not YA. Upper YA? Sure. But still YA definitely.

6. I sense an intentional avenue in your book carved out, specifically referring to your focus of a father and son conflict. Explain that.


Well, it’s got nothing to do with my own relationship with my father. We have an outstanding and close one. But you’re correct about the father and son aspect. Many fathers take a backseat in literature or are two dimensional caricatures who are hands off and don’t really permeate the minds of the young adult protagonist. Really? That is most dads? Huh... Anyway, I wanted to write not for guys, but so that guys could related to the literature as easily as girls could and do. Let’s face it: girl readers vastly outnumber young males, and I sort of wanted both to equally relate here. I can say I’ll probably continue to develop that in other novels.

7. You have a lot of comedy in your book.  What’s the best joke (keep u clean) that you’ve ever heard?

I heard Dennis Miller onstage and, though I’m not saying this is my favorite, I’ll mention it because it just came to mind: he was speaking of the past and with subtlety, in his verbal memoir, he said, “It was hot back then...” and he paused. It was all about the way he said it. The audience slowly got it. Then he said, “The sun was still hot then, right?” He was comparing it to the way people think the past happened in black and white. The genius was, he didn’t even have to say that part to get audience in on it. Brilliant.
 
8. Are any of the characters in the book based off of someone you know?

 Most characters are concoctions of many people in various forms—those we know, those we’ve heard about, those we’d like to know and those we knew. Once you put all that together, my answer, like a writer, would technically be kind of but not really. Not very technical, is it.


Author of STREET FOOD AND LOVE:

 
AUTHOR BIO:
H.A.'s love for all things caffeinated is what keeps him awake and alert so he can pursue that glorious tyrant called Nostalgia. And after all, isn't that what provokes most adult authors to write stories about the teenage years they long ago left behind (referring to Nostalgia, not the caffeine...he hopes)? When he isn't writing, H.A. can be found quaffing coffee (Yes, he might be addicted--don't judge) reading, riding his bike, snapping photos, making music, working on his theory of everything, and, on rare occasions, attempting to discover the elusive, and maybe impossible, secret to time travel. H.A. lives in So Cal. Street Food and Love is H.A.'s first novel.
 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Review: Odium by Frank McManus

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Odium

Young Adult, Adventure
Published May 21st 2014 (Self Pub)
Format Acquired: Paperback, 168 pages
Review copy sent by author. (Thank you!)

Synopsis: 

Lost in time and dimension, is an island known as Odium. The name Odium came from a great giant who lived when the world was new. The island formed when Odium stepped from the sea. Mud from the bottom of the sea came up under his foot, and remained upon the surface of the water. As he stepped away, a shell cut his foot leaving his blood mixing with the seawater, creating the essence of life, and causing the evolution of the many strange wonders on and around Odium. An Ocean of Dreams surrounds Odium, keeping it cloaked from the ignorant and narrow-minded; an ocean that clouds perception and bends reality causing one to see what they want to see, but not always what is there. Many ships have gone into this ocean never to be seen or heard from again. It is said that this land called Odium holds the keys to our existence, our past and our future. To find the island and rediscover its secrets will bring about a time of great prosperity, wonderment and peace upon the land. However, through the millennia all of the charts and records to Odium have been lost. All that remains are the stories that elders tell to their young at bedtime. Hence, Odium was to remain forever a myth, a story told to children, or so we were led to believe... This is the tale of two extraordinary best friends, who discover a great secret and become adventures. Friends who never gave up, who dared to challenge reality and their own awareness in order to rediscover and explore Odium. For the good of the many, on the hopes of a few, they embarked on a journey of a lifetime.

REVIEW:

GENERAL -
Odium was a great book. It was really an adventure book. Basically, it's about two boys who will journey to Odium, an island far away and only certain people can find the it. You could only find it if you truly believe it exists. The book started with Bob, a fifteen-year-old boy, who works for an old lady who is his neighbor, Mrs. Openhimer. After a long day of working for Mrs. Openhimer, Bob got into a serious chit-chat with her. She talked about Odium and how amazing it is. During the chit-chat, Mrs. Openhimer suddenly died (yep, she died) and Bob immediately got worried so he called the medics to report the incident. Bob got a necklace from Mrs. Openhimer, that will help him and Frank get to Odium.

CHARACTER(S)-
I love the characters, Bob and Frank. They are both very amusing. I adored them both even though Frank could get annoying, at some point. Frank McManus did a very amazing job making up Bob and Frank, they are both genuine. They entertained me a lot while reading this book.

PLOT AND WRITING STYLE -
The plot was astonishing! I have never read anything like this plus the actual book is beautiful! There's a map (FYI, I love maps!) and in every chapter, there's a design on the top which I found so cool! As for Frank's writing style, it was great. Though at some point, I was having a hard time processing every sentence. 


FINAL VERDICT -
The adventure is there. The thrills and unexpected events is there. It was impressive! There were inconsistencies, yes, but I love this book so much so I'd still give a high and acceptable rating. I'll clearly add this to my growing indie book favorites!


RATING:
★★★★ ½

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review: The Four Kings by Scott Spotson

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Title: The Four Kings
Author: 
Publication: October 22nd 2013 (Self-published)
Format: Paperback (for review), 508 pages
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
Source: Review copy sent by the author. (Thank you!)
Synopsis: 

Politics, magic, and love don't mix. Or do they?

When the world is overcome with The Great Blight of poverty, corruption, and hopelessness, a group of young wizards seizes control and makes sweeping changes--which divides the human race into loyal supporters of the new regime, and bitter, angry revolutionaries.

In the midst of the turmoil is Amanda Fullerton, a grad student who is hired to act as liaison between the wizard council in North America and its citizens. While ruling like monarchs from their perch in the sky, the self-proclaimed "Liberators" create a widening gap among the Mortals, with Amanda caught in the middle.

As Amanda tries to serve both sides, she becomes embroiled in the twisted agendas of these puppet masters. With alluring, yet deadly wizard games that threaten her life and romantic entanglements, Amanda discovers her "dream job" is anything but! While the four wizards--Demus, Indie, Regi, and Justica initially unite under their libertarian ideals and their revered god Elsedor, their unique personalities eventually lead to infighting, with the fate of the continent up for grabs.

"The Four Kings" casts a spell on its readers with a well-woven tale of fantasy, thriller, romance, and political intrigue that will keep you guessing until the end--and perhaps beyond.

Review:

GENERAL:
This book is amazing. I never though I'd like this book. It's a mixture of magic, politics, and love. I love magic and love but I do not like discussing politics. For me, I think politics is a very serious topic to talk about but this book has somehow created a not-so-serious politics discussion. It was fun when the wizards took over to rule humankind. They took over since the world is flooded with corruption, poverty, and some other serious stuffs going on around the whole world. Even though at some point it got too serious, I still loved this book. Every chapter offered something. As for the romance in this book, it was cute and I can really feel the love between the characters and also the romance did not\overpower the story.

CHARACTER(S):
The characters are amazing! Four different wizards took over to rule the world and make our place a much more comfortable place. The wizards are Demus, Indie, Justica, and Regi. You will know the reason behind their names if you read the book. (So, I suggest grab your copy now! Hehe.) And then there's also Amanda Fullerton, a human, who got to be the Supreme Liaison. As the story progresses, Demus fell in love with Amanda while Amanda fell for Regi. Very complicated, right? Don't worry though because like I said, the romance did not overpower the story. The seriousness of the politics is there, the amazing magic is there, the sweet and complicated romance is there. Everything is equal.

PLOT AND WRITING STYLE:
The plot of this book was so amazing. Very unique and original. I have never read anything like this before. Like wizards taking over to the rule world, As for the writing style, it was pretty good too. I am always impress with how Scott Spotson comes up with these amazing ideas and how he writes his books. All of the books I have read from him, so far, are all impressive.

FINAL VERDICT:
I really enjoyed reading this book even though there were some parts that got boring. Trust me the whole book was amazing! This is an another favorite read for me this year! I would totally recommend this book to those people who loves to read contemporary stories filled with magic, politics, and romance.
 
Rating:
 
★★★★ ½

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Review: Ping: The Rescue of Eden by Stuart Avery Gold

Thursday, October 2, 2014

PING: THE RESCUE OF EDEN


Adventure
Published April 5th 2014 by Ink Away Press
Review copy (Paperback) provided by Mary Walewski of Buy The Book Marketing

Synopsis:
 
An eco-parable about climate change and the inner responsibility to the outside world. Ping returns in this third adventure with a traveler's tale that is both timely and necessary. Ping is troubled by disturbing indications of growing imbalances in Eden Pond that compel him to embark on his greatest journey yet: to help guide a stricken world back to the path of harmony. Ping and the Rescue of Eden is sure to stir the reader to think about the world and their place in it. An enchanting cautionary parable for this time and for all time.

Review:

PLOT -
The plot of this book is very original and I have never read anything like this before. I am so glad I got the chance to because it really made me realized how important the God given beauty (AKA Mother Nature) around us is. I am really impressed with how Mr. Gold came up with this novel. If it was me, I could never ever come up with this idea.

CHARACTER(S) - 
The main character is Ping, a frog. Yes, you've read that right, Ping is a frog but he is not just any frog. He is a very special frog. He will open your eyes so you can see the importance of everything around us. He will teach you how to be more responsible. He's a very much motivated frog which is amazing! It's the first time I have read a book (as in an actrual novel) that the main character is a frog or an animal, in general. If I could have Ping as a pet, I would totally be so happy (even though I hate frogs in real life).

WRITING STYLE -
The writing style was pretty great too. It's very honest and expressive. The words Mr. Gold has used was very easy to understand and I pretty much enjoyed reading his book.

FINAL VERDICT -
I think this book would totally appeal to a lot of readers. It will make people change the way they look at the world. I would totally recommend it to everyone, from teens to adults, since it was a very interesting read.

Rating:
★★★★
 
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